Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

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#1,306
Reviews:
1,240
Ratings:
2,793
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Photo of ericj551
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Westmalle Double pours a hazy medium brown with a light brown head. I smell sweet raisin as well as other dark and tropical fruit with hints of dark chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of a sweet, vinous character. Some light alcohol comes through, but it might be because I practically submerged my nose in the Westvleteren chalice. The flavor is heavenly with sweet esters upfront and leading into earthy, slightly vinous character. Some dry dark chocolate comes through along with some caramel leading into a dry, slightly bitter finish. Herbal hops with a bit of sharp alcohol and phenolic flavor linger after the beer is gone.

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Photo of EBeckett3
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Murky, dark brown body with a bit of red tint in color. Two finger tan head that settles into a nice cap, leaving a little lacing.

The aroma is primarily dark fruit, featuring raisin and fig notes. As it warms, I get a bit of caramel malt. Not complex but good.

The flavor is excellent. Very complex mix of the dark fruit flavors, rich malt, light tobacco, and just a minor note that borders on a citric hop. The flavors continue to open up as it warms, much like the aroma.

Very smooth, medium texture in the mouthfeel. An excellent beer in nearly every way. HIghly recommend it.

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Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with reddish hues. There is a large head that is tannish in color. It has good head retention.

Smell: There are aromas of dried caramel, toast, cherries and plums. There are hints of rose and spices in the nose as well.

Taste: The flavors are highlighted by the raisin and dried cherry flavors with wonderful interplay from the caramel and toast. The balance is towards the malt with a low spicy hop flavor and low bitterness.

Feel: It has a medium-full body that has a slight alcohol warming to it. It has a smooth texture to it with a dry finish.

Overall the beer is highlighted by the complex interplay between the malts and fruity esters. There are pleasant spicy notes and bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Westmalle Dubbel poured a brown red with a strong huge 3 finger head. The smell was a fruity sour with some brown sugar in the background.

The taste was a smooth malt with a apple bitterness that hit you right away. It was pretty dry with a wet finish on the lips. It was a tad hit hot alcohol wise and it really shouldn't have been with a 7% abv. Overall I thought it was average and maybe this was a poor batch.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Westmalle Dubbel has a cloudy dark amber colour and an excellent head due to the excellent carbonation. The smell is nice: citrus and hops. The flavour is similar. You get citrus upfront into slightly bitter orange rind and hops. This beer is foamy and thick in the mouth. Nice, but not the best of this style.

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Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Zraly
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to deep caramel brown with a tannish head. Looked pretty at first, and then the head took a nose dive.

However, this smooth one delivered in other sensory ways. A wonderful, yeasty, fruity scent danced up through my nose. The first sip was a winner. Smooth, semi-sugar malts with a spicy, dry finish. Mild fruits. Slightly phenolic. A tiny bit of hop bitterness is present. There is even an additional note of cocoa, which is interesting and adds a bit more character to the overall taste experience.

A gem pairing would be with a nice dark chocolate with roasted cocoa beans. Guess what I'm having with mine? *hint hint*

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Photo of KimenTshom
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Best before 5th of July, 2014. Served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with 2 fingers of a light tan head with good retention. Body is murky.

Smell: Dark fruit (raisin in particular), candi sugar, red apple, with some slight spicy belgian yeast character.

Taste: Same as the nose with dark fruits and apple. There's a toasty breadiness as well (like a bread crust). More apple and apple skin in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is high but still maintains a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: This is an excellent dubbel. Every bit as good as Westy 8, yet cheaper and easier to get.

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Photo of Waveoff
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of themind
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quality Trappist period! poured a nice full head with a slight aroma. The mouth feel and carbonation to me are spot on for this style of beer. The taste is fluid and consistent....very enjoyable. This beer is very drinkable! really you could down a large quantity of this stuff.

Bottom Line: A must try brew!

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding as is expected with a Trappist ale. Lots of carb, refreshing.

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Photo of ajs4bd
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
A- Pours a nice chestnut color with a thick off white head that leaves great lacing.

S- Bread and dark brown sugars in the nose with some faint spice and fruity esters.

T- Slightly charred with some nice sweetness and dark candied sugar flavors. Roasted almonds, anise, and cake batter with a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M- Very spritzy with a medium body. This beer drinks lighter than it is.

O- Overall a very solid Dubbel that I would certainly recommend to a friend.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into my chalice

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, tobacco and leather

Appearance is dark brown with a slight tan head, bits of sediment floating around

taste is of raisins, plums brown sugar and malts

this beer has a good amount of carbonation, you can detect a bit of the alcohol (it does check in at over 7%abv). Overall a good drinking beer, nice for a cool night indoors. I would def. revisit.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown-tinted garnet, moderate head, no lacing at all. Smells very sweet, definitely some fig aroma here, maybe a little caramel. Taste reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine. Figs, some date maybe, a bit of alcohol warming. The level of bitterness seemed appropriate. In the mouthfeel department, seems a little undercarbonated to me. A touch syrupy, aftertaste is good. Overall a solid dubbel, but I'm not the biggest fan of the style - too much on the sweet side for my personal tastes. Funny how much it reminded me of Bigfoot, though.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness dating of 8/19/2005. Bottle lists ABV at 7%. Pours a clouded burnt sienna color with a fluffy, big beige head. Aromas are deep, malty and yeasty. Slight suggestions of husk, spice and sun-dried dark fruit. Head retention is good even in the wide-lipped Westmalle chalice. Initial sip implies a slight anise and husky dark malt in flavor, finishing clean and slightly dry. Further tastes include notes of sweat, yeast, plum skins, and a metallic twang that comes from an active carbonation and coincides well with the evident huskiness. Faint woody esters come into play. Very nice and pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served after a sushi lunch at about 45° in a Chimay chalice. Freshness date reads 05/04/07.

Appearance- Pours a medium raisiny red color into the glass, where a tight, two-finger head begins to rise. Excellent clarity, and the bubbles are constantly replenished by the steady stream of carbonation. Lacing is minimal at this point.

Smell- Some phenols come out at first, then an underlying sweetness that exhibits some dark fruit (figs, prunes), vanilla, and malts. Huge candi sugar aromas waft out from my glass, nailing this style right on.

Taste- Vanilla and oaky fermented fruit are strong on the palate, with a uniquely dry sweetness that is really fantastic. The malts are big but not overwhelming; the fruit is perfect; and the spiciness is subtle. In the finish, we have a perfectly placed hop dryness and mild bittering, priming the mouth for the next sip. Wonderfully balanced. A nice belly warmth is now manifesting, as I sit way back in my chair and really appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Upon entering the mouth, the beer swells with *gusto* and pitter-patters all over the tongue, just short of being overly "crackling". As we go forward and the beer warms, the mouthfeel improves to near perfection. Slippery and mouth filling, this is totally enjoyable. I will be seeking this out again.

P.S. For the last few sips I have swirled in the sediment, and the beer came back for another round of boosted activity in the mouth. Obviously more attention was brought to the yeast, and the beer's body thickened slightly. Great Trappist offering.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Chimay goblet.

A: Body is brown to coppery with relative haziness. Head is beige with a one finger thickness. No lacing but amazingly good retention.
S: Aroma is very strong on belgian yeast, cocoa, malts roastiness and fruity with some blackberries on top. Very dark but very lively.
T: Taste begins with a very sweet touch, almost liquorice like, having the fruity and roastiness blended very well together. In the end of the sip, the roastiness appears again to let a slight bitterness shine through. Brilliant.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is good. Alcohol is noticeable, way more than expected.
O: This Dubbel is great. Should have it more often.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark dark ruby which only shows in the light with a huge white head. Smells of grapes, chocolate, wine, other dark fruity esters. Tastes similar with maybe a little breadiness. Mouthfeel is creamy and very carbonated but surprisingly light bodied. Overall delicious beer, not my favorite style, but objectively it's a masterpiece.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 2,793 ratings